BANGOR'S Town Clerk is stepping down after four years at the helm.

Bangor City Council has announced that Ian Jones, who is also the council's Financial Officer, will be leaving his post with effect from November 5.

He is set to take up a similar role at Mold Town Council

Mr Jones was appointed in June, 2015 on the retirement of the previous Town Clerk.

He has helped the City Council to modernise its operations and completed work including enhanced partnership working and renovations to property including the major restoration project of the historic Garth Pier.

Mr Jones said: "It is with a heavy heart that I leave this position which has been a great and interesting challenge.

"It has enabled me to meet some very special people, many of whom have become good friends to me.

"The City Council is an honourable body, with some very committed councillors who carry out this valued community work.

"From day one, I was made to feel welcome by everyone and I shall miss the comradery we have.

"I must pay tribute to the small group of staff at the City Council who are a hard working team, often without the applause they deserve."

Mr Jones added: "I wish the City Council all the best for the future and everyone involved with Partnership meetings and other initiatives in Bangor.

"Although I will be giving some help with handover into December, I am looking forward to my new position and the challenges it will no doubt present."

City Mayor Councillor John Wyn Williams said: "On behalf of the City Council, I would like to thank Ian for all his hard work, his dedication, his influential personality and caring approach and all he has done locally for the City.

"We wish him well in the new role he is about to commence."